Multiplying the Division of Labour: Functional Differentiation of the Next Key Variables in Management Research

Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 34, No. 2, Forthcoming DOI: 10.1002/sres.2452

15 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2017

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Steffen Roth

La Rochelle Business School; University of Turku

Augusto Sales

ESC Rennes School of Business; KPMG Global Strategy Group; Ibmec Business School

Jari Kaivo-Oja

Turku School of Economics & Business Administration

Date Written: March 25, 2017

Abstract

In this article, we draw on theories of social differentiation to show that functional differentiation is not about the division of work and organization, but rather about a multiplication of horizons for decision-making. We argue that a systematic management of functional differentiation makes organizations smarter and more flexible. We corroborate this claim by demonstrations of how a functional approach to functional differentiation facilitates the design of new or the further development of well-established management tools and research agendas in fields such as entrepreneurship, strategy, and human resource management.

Keywords: Functional Differentiation, Social Theory, Management Theory, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management

JEL Classification: M10, M14, L26

Suggested Citation

Roth, Steffen and Sales, Augusto and Kaivo-Oja, Jari, Multiplying the Division of Labour: Functional Differentiation of the Next Key Variables in Management Research (March 25, 2017). Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 34, No. 2, Forthcoming DOI: 10.1002/sres.2452. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2940648

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Augusto Sales

ESC Rennes School of Business ( email )

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KPMG Global Strategy Group ( email )

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Ibmec Business School

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Jari Kaivo-Oja

Turku School of Economics & Business Administration ( email )

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Finland

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